How to Prepare Locally for a Global Plague
Neighborhood Disaster Response Training Offered
January 13, 2014
It started off with small sniffles, followed by a slight cough. Then the chills, fever and body ache set in. The flu had you in its clammy grip. Unfortunately, this wasn't the flu everyone expected. It was a new strain that was spreading around the globe causing a deadly pandemic, and now, it was here in Tallahassee, impacting you, your loved ones and your neighbors. Fortunately, this is only a scenario, but it's one that communities should be prepared for.
To help neighborhood leaders and residents learn how to respond to a disaster such as a pandemic, local public safety agencies are teaming up with other community partners and the Disaster Resistant Communities Group to stage a tabletop exercise for neighborhoods. The event will take place on Saturday, January 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tallahassee Fire Department Training Center, 2964 Municipal Way.
"Preparing for the flu season should be part of our routine preparations for autumn: raking leaves, breaking out coats and gloves, stocking chicken soup, cough drops and tissues," said Holly Kirsch, LD, RD, acting administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Leon County. "Preparing for a pandemic takes even more preparation and gives us the ability to respond to a disaster more efficiently. This exercise will help residents consider other steps they need to take."
At the training event, participants will work with facilitators to gain a thorough understanding of how prepared their neighborhoods are for a severe flu outbreak. Facilitators will also establish a concept of operations to guide the neighborhood and its residents through the process of responding to an influenza pandemic. By working together as a team, participants will be able to strengthen their disaster readiness and enhance the disaster response knowledge of their neighborhood's residents.
To participate, please register at www.formidablefootprint.org. There is no charge to participate in the exercise.
For more information on preparedness, go to www.flu.gov, www.floridadisaster.org, www.LeonCountyFL.gov/ei, www.leoncountyfl.gov/lchd or www.Talgov.com/emergency.
Robby Powers, City of Tallahassee Emergency Management Coordinator, 891-6201; Kevin Peters, Leon County Division of Emergency Management, 606-3700; Jon Brown, Leon County Community and Media Relations, 606-5300; or Lizzy Kelley, City of Tallahassee Department of Communications, 891-8533